Officials: Lost signal caused Predator to veer off runway

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U.S. Air Force The MQ-1B Predator is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft systeml, according to the U.S. Air Force website. Sharna Johnson Officials at Cannon Air Force Base said they’re not sure why they lost the link from ground control to an MQ-1 Predator, but that’s why the $4.5 million aircraft turned off the runway […]

First Person: Pilot by day, writer by night

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and wrote a children’s book in his spare time. Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But […]

Military Feature: Inaugural crew completes Boeing program

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Mike Wood, a ScanEagle instructor, prepares the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle for launch at the Melrose Bombing Range. (File photo) CNJ staff The Boeing Co. has graduated its first U.S. military ScanEagle crews from its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training Center in Clovis, according to a company press release. The seven graduates have been assigned to […]

No pilot, no problems

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleScanEagle instructor Mike Wood steps over the launch cords as he prepares the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle for launch Thursday at the Melrose Bombing Range. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In descent, the graceful, little plane — No. 05-134 — spirals in the sky, flickering in and out of sight […]

Boeing will share bombing range

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The soon-to-be occupants of Cannon Air Force Base and Melrose Bombing Range say plans to test Boeing drones at the bombing range won’t interfere with their operations. Both parties are keeping the possibility of working together alive, although their missions are not related, military and Boeing officials said. “We […]